The Duchess of Cambridge reveals her children's five all-time favourite books

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Book-loving Kate has shared a list of the five most-loved children's reads in the royal household. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Book-loving Kate has shared a list of the five most-loved children's reads in the royal household. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

To mark World Book Day, Duchess of Cambridge, teamed up with her stepmother-in-law, Camilla, to launch a children’s book club on the Duchess of Cornwall's new website, The Reading Room.

As part of the exciting venture, Kate, who's mom to Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3), shared her kids' top five books.

At No 1 is The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson. “I loved this book as a little girl and listening to my own children reading it has brought back so many wonderful memories,” Kate says.

It's the story of a barn owl named Plop who's afraid of the dark. Kate describes it as, “a comforting story to help children face their fears and grow in confidence with the help of others”.

The royal also recently read the book when she appeared on UK TV channel CBeebies' Bedtime Stories.

Clive King's book Stig of the Dump, which Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, shared with her when she was a child, takes the No 2 spot in the royal household.

“As a child I loved spending time outdoors, making dens, digging, discovering and making things out of odds and ends,” she explains.

Stig of the Dump follows the adventures of Barney, a curious young boy who has an encounter with a caveman named Stig who lives in a den.

“Whether this was why my father recommended this book to me or whether this book inspired my imagination, I can't remember, but I've never forgotten this brilliant book and the values it teaches,” the Duchess says.

Ranking in third place is EB White's Charlotte’s Web, which explores an unlikely friendship between a barn spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur.

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According to Kate, this is “an all-time classic and loved in our house for obvious reasons. This is a charming story about friendship, loyalty and love.” 

The Katie Morag series by Mairi Hedderwick, which came in at No 4, has “fun stories for children of all ages and is a great book for older children to read to younger siblings”, she says. “These books are filled with captivating and beautiful illustrations to accompany the text, so there's lots to talk about!”

In fifth place is Feelings by Libby Walden, a children’s book that explores various emotions and why they exist.

“This little book is a wonderful way to help children understand and recognise their feelings and emotions, and brings to life the importance of empathy,” Kate says.

Sources: Mirror, People, Town and Country

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